Heritage should never come to an end.
Heritage, language, places, relics, culture, values, ancestry. They can all pass away in a surprised and exasperated heartbeat. Unfortunately there is no governmental ‘Department of Scottish American Heritage’ that will keep our very special culture and history alive and relevant in this forward looking age.
How can we know that Scottish heritage will be strong and active for our children’s children? For the next thousand years? For ever? Read more …
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Council of Scottish Clans & Associates (COSCA)
200PM, Saturday, July 11, 2015
Chieftain’s Tent, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
The Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA), founded in 1976 at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (GMHG) as a nonprofit charitable corporation, held its annual general meeting (AGM) of the members this year, as usual, during those games in Linville, NC on Saturday, July 11. Presiding was John King Bellassai, the new President of COSCA. (Previously Vice President of COSCA, Mr. Bellassai succeeded to the presidency by operation of law back in April, upon the resignation for personal reasons of Susan McIntosh, the previous President.)
There were 73 dues-paying members-in-good-standing of COSCA attending the AGM at GMHG, most of them representing their respective clan societies—the backbone of COSCA’s membership.
Two Scottish chiefs, guests of honor this year at GMHG, attended COSCA’s AGM and addressed the assembled membership, taking questions at the end. These were Francis, Lord Napier and Ettrick, Chief of Clan Napier, and Jamie Macnab of Macnab, Chief of Clan Macnab.
At the AGM it was announced that COSCA’s 2016 Clan & Family Caucus would be held once again at Lees-Macrae College in Linville, NC, in July 2016, back-to-back with the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
At the conclusion of the meeting, elections were held to COSCA’s Board of Trustees. As the officers are elected every other year and had been elected last year, the incumbents for these positions will continue in office until 2016. These are John Bellassai, who is filling out the balance of his predecessor’s term as President, and Clark Scott, Treasurer.